European stocks head lower, LVMH shines after earnings By Reuters

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(Reuters) – European stocks slid on Wednesday, weighed down by concerns about a slow economic recovery, while most investors kept to the sidelines ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy decision.

The pan-European index dropped 0.4% in early trading, following losses in Asian markets and Wall Street.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:)’s bumper results did little to help Europe’s tech sector, which dropped 1.3%, while miners, oil & gas and banks fell close to 1% each.

Global coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million, according to a Reuters rally, and Europe – the worst-affected region in the world – is currently reporting a million new infections about every four days.

Precious metal miner Fresnillo Plc (LON:) slid 3.1% after it forecast lower gold output for the current year.

Hygiene products maker Essity slipped 0.6% despite reporting a smaller-than-expected drop in quarterly operating profit.

French luxury group LVMH rose 1.4% as booming sales at fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, particularly in China, helped to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gucci-owner Kering (PA:) gained 1%.

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